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New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

Just in time for Father's Day, a state agency has published a resource guide for new and expectant fathers.

Karen DeWitt

Lawmakers wrapped up the 2016 legislative session at around 5 a.m. Saturday morning, agreeing to take steps to cancel the pensions of convicted lawmakers in the future, legalize daily fantasy sports and extend New York City’s mayoral control law for another year.


New York State Senate

Albany lawmakers worked through the overnight hours into Saturday morning, settling a number of measures at the end of the legislative session. State Senator Patrick Gallivan ( R, C, IP ) of the 59th Senate District said some items were still overlooked.

New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs

A New York Army National Guard aviation unit, headquartered in Rochester, welcomed a new commander on Saturday.

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Gunfire erupted during a large gathering on the first block of Durham Avenue in the City of Buffalo early Saturday morning, sending three people to the hospital.

Canal Corporation

A local tourist attraction and banquet facility is assuring the public that maintenance on a Western New York portion of the Erie Canal will not impede its operations.

It's time to get fishing poles and tackle ready, as state environmental officials open the regular harvest season for largemouth and smallmouth bass.

The Buffalo Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo is celebrating the addition of a arescued Arctic fox, and is celebrating Father's Day with the debut of its new lion cub.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an air quality alert for Western New York, in effect from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Activities are back to normal at one of Buffalo's most popular waterfront attractions. But for several hours, Canalside was closed to the public after the discovery of what was described as a "suspicious package."

Chris Caya WBFO News

After Buffalo's Board of Education largely ignored an expert's recommendations on correcting the District's Civil Rights violations - some parents are seeking federal help.

An expert on Freedom of Information Law is saying the City of Buffalo has more to gain in complying with a Freedom of Information Law request than a defendant has to lose in a federal civil rights case.

A lot of sports for young people could be very different in the near future, with a county concussion training mandate expected to come down as early as next week.


Karen DeWitt

The legislature was closing down on an end of session  deal that would strip convicted lawmakers of their pensions, extend mayoral control of New York City schools for one more year and legalize Daily Fantasy sports gambling.


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Law enforcers call the venues "soft targets," gathering spots that could be targeted by terrorists. Malls, movie theaters and stadiums fall into this category.

Representatives from cities along the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River are gathering in Niagara Falls this week to grapple with a number of environmental issues. The meeting of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative includes discussions about climate change, drinking water, managing nutrients and invasive species.

Eastern Air Defense Sector

A Hamburg native is now in charge of the air defense of more than 180 million Americans along the nation's eastern seaboard.

After 25 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, Col. Emil Filkorn has been sworn in as commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome, New York.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly talked with the colonel about his new challenge and new challenges in air defense.

Buffalo now has direct plane service to and from Los Angeles, with the first flight out Thursday night and the first flight arriving very early this morning. Some believe the Jet Blue service will be an economic engine for Western New York.


Toronto Police Service

Recently, police in Toronto swooped into a downtown market area and raided dozens of so-called unregulated medical marijuana dispensaries. Nearly 100 people were arrested and more than 250 charges were laid. The raids have unleashed a storm of controversy.


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Repression can be the actions of government, society, or an individual of subduing someone or something by force. But when it is the action or process of suppressing a thought or desire in oneself so that it remains unconscious, that can lead to explosive and tragic outcomes as we saw last Sunday at a gay night club in Orlando. Modern theater, ever since Nora slammed the door and walked away from repression at the end of Ibsen's play THE DOLL HOUSE, has dealt with the topic. And so, in a way, it was so apt that America's celebration of what is best in live Theater, the Tony Awards, followed on the heels of the horror.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The list of housing options for people looking to live in downtown Buffalo continues to grow. WBFO's Chris Caya has more on the adaptive reuse of an historic building - that nearly met the wrecker's ball.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Members of the Erie County Legislature quizzed County Attorney Michael Siragusa Thursday afternoon about public dollars spent on outside legal advice regarding a part-time job pursued by one legislator. The County Attorney insists there was no prodding by the County Executive's office to seek a legal opinion, but Republicans on the Legislature aren't buying it.


Matt Neidhart/WBFO News

Another attraction has made its home at Canalside and it’s an exhibit with an environmental message. ‘Cool Globes,’ a set of a dozen large globes lined up near the waterfront, is designed to get people thinking about climate change.

Photo courtesy of State of NY

New at Canalside: a "Cool Globes" public art exhibition. The 12 sculptures offer messages for people and businesses to take action on climate change.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a news release announcing the installation, “New York has led the nation on climate change and this project highlights our continued commitment to protecting our planet for future generations."

The globes will be on display until November.

New York State Department of Financial Services

The New York State Senate Wednesday confirmed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s nominee to regulate the state's more than 1,500 insurance companies and nearly 1,600 banking and other financial institutions. Maria Vullo has served as Acting Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services since February, when she was nominated by Cuomo to lead the agency he created in 2011 in response to the banking crisis.

Financial exploitation is costing seniors and New York state nearly $1.5  billion each year. A new multi-agency study shows that in many cases victims aren't aware the crimes are taking place.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

The changing population of Buffalo's West Side and the Affordable Care Act are leading to a new medical office building on Seventh Street.

Child Advocacy Center of Niagara

A comforting environment is important for people who are facing difficult times, especially when they are children.

The Child Advocacy Center of Niagara, a facility that cares for victims of child abuse and trauma, has moved into new facilities that are more kid-friendly and have improved resources.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

With the nation's worst mass shooting fresh in the the minds of many, local health officials are working to provide understanding on the relationship between gun violence and mental illness.


Hoosick Falls residents came to the Capitol on Wednesday to demand hearings on the water crisis that has revealed high levels of a toxic chemical in many people’s blood streams.


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